Road Construction Halted to Curb Voting Delays in Fayetteville

FAYETTEVILLE -- Across Northwest Arkansas, county clerks offices worked to make sure problems didn't arise in their precincts. But at Northeast Baptist Church in Fayetteville, problems started not long after polls opened at 7:30 this morning.

Within 30 minutes, road construction on Zion Road backed up traffic in front of the polling center turning some voters away from the polls and delaying others.

Volunteer Tony Lyons was holding up a candidate sign in front pf the location. "People couldn't get in to vote at the polls and the people that could get in that were coming down the roads were saying it took them 45 minutes to an hour. People were very frustrated." I'm holding up a sign for a candidate and people were coming up and griping to me."

Washington County Roads Department came out to deal with the issue, deciding to call off construction for the day in that area.

According to the roads department, they didn't realize it was election day.

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